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2018 TSPRA PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

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Each year the TSPRA Professional Awards Committee honors our own members, persons in the media and those that support public education. Nominations are submitted by our own TSPRA members who are in good standing (current dues paid).

Four of the awards are given to our own members: Professional Achievement, Most Valuable Member, Rookie of the Year and Bright Idea.

Two awards are given to persons and/or organizations outside of our membership: the Media Award and the new Partner in Public Education Award.

The nomination process opens on November 1, 2017 at 8 a.m. and will close on December 15, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Each nomination consists of a brief statement as to why you are nominating this person for an award, a supporting document up to 3 pages long in either PDF or Word doc file, and a photo. (For the Bright Idea Award the photo can be of the project/idea that is being entered.)

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AWARD CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA


 Professional Achievement Award 
The recipient shall be a person employed full time in the field of school public relations, hold professional membership in TSPRA for at least ten years and during that time exhibited a creative, dedicated, and professional approach to school communications.

 Most Valuable Member Award 
The recipient shall be a member of TSPRA who has contributed significantly to the improvement of the association.

 Rookie Of The Year 
The recipient shall be employed full-time in the field of school public relations, hold professional membership in TSPRA, and exhibit a creative, dedicated, and professional approach to school communications. This person shall be a member of TSPRA and shall not have been employed in school public relations for more than 36 months at the time of the nomination deadline.

 Bright Idea Award 
This award shall go to a TSPRA member and/or TSPRA nominee for outstanding ideas, strategies, projects or programs designed to promote public education in Texas through effective communications. To be considered for the award, an entry must be creative, unusual, effective, and adaptable.

 Media Award 
To be given to a media professional who has contributed significantly to the public understanding of public education in Texas through print or broadcast media. Consideration should be given to a nominee who successfully explains complex educational issues, presents issues in an unbiased manner, and who initiates stories that promote the mission of public education.

 Partner in Public Education Award 
To be given to an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to the cause of public education and/or the profession with actions and/or contributions complementing the mission of TSPRA. The media and active TSPRA members are not eligible to receive this award.
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AWARDS COMMITTEE
Ronnie Zamora, Los Fresnos ISD, Chair
Denise Blanchard, Amarillo ISD, Past President 2014-2015
Patti Pawlik-Perales, Alamo Heights ISD, Past President 2013-2014
Marco Alvarado, Lake Travis ISD
Holly Fuller, Decatur ISD
Mike Rockwood, Lamar CISD
Alternate:  Toni Clay, Athens ISD